I've since noted that the fake electors were major Republicans in borderline states that Biden won. Could they be charged with seditious conspiracy? In most states they were a major part of the overthrow plan. Would 20 years plus being disqualified from office be the implied threat to the Republicans hesitant to push a pardon gambit?
I note one issue in the recent SVB collapse is the Democratic propensity for regulation to prevent disaster, and the Republican tendency to free institutions from regulation. I suppose one case supporting regulation? I don't see a country wide pattern as there was in 2008, but it is making a bunch of people nervous. I get the feeling that enough nervous to paranoid people could cause this to cascade.
I know two financial service companies that I have dealt with (a safety deposit box and a car loan) recently sent a "Don't Panic" e mails. Not inclined to panic.
One big high powered lawyer on MSNBC gave her formal legal and economic opinion. If she didn't make firm rules for her teenaged son, he would be an idiot. She figures that the same could be said for SVP's decision makers.
It seems like Bing and ChatGPT are more describing what Strauss and Howe came up with, the idea of an all out crisis conflict every four score and seven years. What John added was the Marco Polo bridge effect, that there is an instinct to hate, oppress, and/or kill those that are different. Related, sure, but not the same.
But this didn't stop the Japanese taking a huge risk by attacking America.
Even in the Industrial Age, the risk for military expansionist cultures was the defensive economic cultures uniting against you, This was the problem that confronted Napoleon and Hitler. It has grown greater in this age of deliberate containment, not to mention sanctions, proxy war and insurgent war.
This doesn’t mean the WW II Japanese weren’t taking a big risk. They were. But in order to maintain their existing aggression they needed the raw materials to the south. They underestimated the reaction of the ‘soft isolationist’ Americans, the waking of the sleeping giant. Aggressive conquest was and is becoming more and more a risk. The question is whether Xi will take it. He has enough problems as is. He needs the capital that the remnants of globalism is providing.